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Tom Ghilarducci

Tom does some nifty work on a counter top for a reception area desk. Celebrate the people who make things real.

Kengo Kuma

via: Royal Academy of Arts

This video is from the exhibition "Sensing Spaces" put on at The Royal Academy of Arts in London. The exhibition features seven architects/practices from around the world who respond to the question "how do spaces make us feel? What does architecture do for our lives?

Phillip K Smith's Lucid Stead project in Joshua Tree

Composed of mirror, LED lighting, custom built electronic equipment and Arduino programming amalgamated with a preexisting structure, this architectural intervention, at first, seems alien in context to the bleak landscape.

Upon further viewing, Lucid Stead imposes a delirious, almost spiritual experience. Like the envelodping vista that changes hue as time passes, Lucid Stead transforms. In daylight the 70 year old homesteader shack, that serves as the armature of the piece, reflects and refracts the surrounding terrain like a mirage or an hallucination. As the sun tucks behind the mountains, slowly shifting, geometric color fields emerge until they hover in the desolate darkness. This transformation also adapts personal perception, realigning one’s sensory priorities. A heightened awareness of solitude and the measured pace of the environment is realized.